Prayer for October 4: Please pray with me. God of the universe, you have to be laughing. You have got to be laughing at humanity and our ridiculous attempts to control things here on earth. That works out so well so often doesn’t it? Lord help us, for our own sake. Strip us of our egos that make us think we know all the answers. Open our hearts to recognize that the game of politics and partisanship is something in which no one wins in the end. Instead, radically reorient us to a different way of living and being Lord. A way of life in which we care for our neighbors, regardless of who they are. A way of life in which we care for creation, so that it will be around for future generations. A way of life in which we empower people rather than enslave them or make them dependent on our political systems that seek to consolidate power for its own sake. Help us to see and know how ridiculous our power struggles are, and how dangerous and damaging they are to people. Amen.
Prayer for September 1: Please pray with me. God who is the Word, we pray that we would hear your word for what it is. We pray that we would not try to twist it to make it into something that it is not. Open our ears to hear the Law and Gospel that is present. Open our ears also to hear when the Bible is used as a tool to divide and condemn. Give us legs to run far away from this. Open our hearts to hear your word and take it in and in so doing, change who we are. Amen.
Prayer for July 27: Please pray with me. God of creation, you call on us to be stewards of your creation – to care for it. Help us to see that creation is yours. Help us to learn ways to care for creation and to see that this is reasonable. Open our eyes to see that in caring for your creation, we aren’t being extremists trying to get some kind of partisan political points, but instead, we are actually participating in the unfolding of the kingdom of God. In Revelation 21 we hear how you will come down to earth to dwell with us here and renew and restore creation. You love your creation. Help us to be good stewards, not because it drives some kind of agenda, but instead because we aren’t escaping this place – you aren’t whisking us away and then destroying the earth. Instead, you are restoring it and us too. Let us participate in that restoration. Amen.
Prayer for June 30: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray to you – the true God. Help us to see that you are God, and that all human-made things are not. Help us to see that often you and your will differ from our nations and cultures, our leaders and politicians, our interactions and designations of friend and foe – and you have been far different from all of these things for many generations. You aren’t a god of one party or the other, of this nation or that one, but as you tell us in Galatians 3:28 – “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, not is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Amen.
Prayer for April 28: Please pray with me. God of the nations, today we pray for peace. Help leaders to recognize that peace isn’t a destination – something to be obtained if the circumstances work out that way. No, instead, help leaders and their people, to see that peace is a way of life, decision. It is not an easy decision, nor any easy road to follow. There will be plenty opportunities to put peace aside in favor of violence, war, division, revenge, and judgement. Yet, help us to set those easy paths aside. They all lead to the same result – death. Give us the courage to choose peace. Give leaders wisdom to choose peace for their people. Radically reorient those who choose a more violent path so that swords may be beaten into ploughshares. Amen.
Prayer for March 17: Please pray with me. Holy God, today we thank you for the example of St. Patrick, who carried your Word to Ireland. Implant your word in us that we may carry it in our words and deeds to all we meet on this day and every day, where ever we may be. Amen.
Prayer for March 15: Please pray with me. Long ago, it was written for a certain leader to beware the Ides of March. And death came. Why oh Lord, do we strive for power – to obtain it, to keep it from others, to use it to the detriment of others. Hoarding power leads to fights and ultimately death. Forgive us when we seek power and our own kingdom as opposed to seeking your kingdom. Amen.